THE success of a charity event is "more crucial than ever" for a hospice thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People has had to cancel all but one of its events this year.

The charity is urging walkers to sign-up to its Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, to raise vital cash for the hospice.

Martin House has been providing family-led care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions for more than 30 years.

Nikki Denton, events manager at Martin House, said: “The Yorkshire Three Peaks is the only event in the Martin House calendar that is still able to go ahead this year, so its success is more crucial than ever.

“We have worked hard to ensure that we can hold the event safely, following the latest government guidelines, and we hope that people will join us to enjoy some of the most magnificent countryside and challenging walks Yorkshire has to offer.”

The challenge is in its third year and gives walkers the chance to tackle Whernside, Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough in one day – covering 24 miles in 10 to 12 hours.

This year, Martin House is also offering a Yorkshire One Peak challenge – a four-hour trek up Pen-y-ghent.

Both walks are self-led, but Martin House is working with Kuta Outdoors, who will provide instructions and guides on the route, as well as offering training tips in the run up to the event.

It costs £35 to register for the Three Peaks walk, with walkers asked to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship.

The One Peak challenge costs £20 to register, with a fundraising target of at least £50.

All the money raised will go to support Martin House.

Mrs Denton added: “We need to raise nearly 90 per cent of the £9 million it costs to run Martin House each year, and the pandemic has hit our fundraising hard.

“We hope people will join us to support families from their communities who need the support of Martin House through the pandemic, and beyond.”

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